Feb 19, 2023
Malicious Crypto Attackers Target Investors Since Dec. 2022
Crypto investors need to be vigilant as two new malicious computer programs are actively targeting them in a desktop environment. The attack, which has been active since December 2022, is being propagated by unknown sources and is predominantly targeting investors in the United States, the United Kingdom, Turkey and the Philippines.
The malicious software works in tandem to steal information stored in the user’s clipboard, usually a string of letters and numbers that have been copied by the user. It then detects wallet addresses copied onto the clipboard and replaces them with a different address. By doing this, the attack is able to target individuals and organizations of all sizes without any obvious target.
The first of the malicious programs is MortalKombat ransomware, which encrypts the user’s files and drops a ransom note with payment instructions. The second is Laplas Clipper malware, which is downloaded via an attacker-controlled server located in Poland. This malicious software is run when a user opens a malicious attachment in an email, which is usually cryptocurrency-themed.
Malwarebytes has warned investors to take extra precaution when investing in cryptocurrencies, as these malicious programs can have a major impact on their financial wellbeing. They should always perform extensive due diligence before investing, while ensuring the official source of communications.
Fortunately, ransomware revenues for attackers have plummeted 40% to $456.8 million in 2022, as victims are refusing to pay extortion demands. However, this does not necessarily mean the number of attacks has decreased from the previous year.
The emergence of these malicious programs serves as a reminder for crypto investors to remain alert and take the necessary steps to protect their assets. This includes using anti-malware software, being aware of malicious emails, and following best practices for keeping cryptocurrency safe. Investing in the web3 space can be a lucrative endeavor, but it’s important to be aware of the potential risks.
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